|by Marc Lindsay
Most areas have a dog training school that
takes puppies and more mature dogs alike and if you are
in the early stages of obedience training then taking
your puppy or dog to one of these schools is a very useful
Not only do dog obedience training schools
help teach your dog obedience skills but they also teach
you how to teach them. As well as this, obedience schools
are full of other dogs and other people and most of these
people have been in the same position as you.
This provides you and your puppy with an
excellent opportunity to try out your social skills.
Even though you only really need to go
for several lessons it is fine to continue going dog obedience
school even if it is only to continue socializing your
dog. In the long run, ensuring that your dog is socialized
will prove vital.
Without this they can become stressed, anxious
and defensive in new situations with new people. Most
aggression in dogs is only a form of defense and preventing
this is essential.
Dog training schools will teach you the
essentials of obedience training and if you have never
owned a puppy before this can be quite an eye opener.
From the day you bring your puppy home he
or she is developing new habits and characteristics and
if you are responding inappropriately to these actions
then you could be teaching your puppy completely the wrong
You will both be taught the basics of rewarding
and reprimanding your dog and you will normally learn
to make your puppy sit, stay and other useful 'tricks'.
Even with just these simple tricks you should be able
to teach your dog a lot.
Don't forget that one of the most important
aspects of obedience training is not the specific tricks
but showing the dog that you are in control. Handing over
control to you will remove a lot of stress from any dog
and allow them to lead a healthier and happier lifestyle.
This is especially true of older dogs that
have got into bad habits. It will take longer to train
older dogs because they have become conditioned to act
in certain ways, but most dogs will still be susceptible
to useful and effective training.
It is still very important that you continue
the work yourself when you get home and don't just rely
on your one trip a week to the school.
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